National ID bill approved on second reading

The Senate has endorsed on second reading the proposed bill on having an established Philippine Identification System.

Amid the interpellation period, Senator Panfilo Lacson clarified that the government will not oblige the public to register, but those who won’t get the IDs will not have any official government identification.

”Mahihirapan ka makipag-transact ng business kasi hahanapan ka ng maraming ID,” Lacson said.

The proposed measure aims to harmonize and integrate around 33 different government IDs by establishing a single national identification system which will be called as the Philippine Identification System of PhilSys.

The said bill also seeks to address loopholes of the past policies to provide better security measures.

The bill also mandates the three key components of the PhilSys which include the PhilSys Number or PSN, the PhilID, and the PhilSys Registry.

“The bill will allow every Filipino and resident alien of the country to be identified with the use of a PhilSys Number or PSN, a randomly generated, unique and permanent identification number which shall be the standard number assigned to each individual to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies,” Lacson earlier explained.

A non-transferable card, the PhilID will reflect the PSN, bearer’s full name, facial image, date of birth, address and fingerprints of the individual.

The data which will be obtained for the PhilSys will be handled by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which will act as the repository of the PSN, registered records, and information of all the persons registered in the PhilSys.

An initial fund worth PhP 2 billion to be taken from the PSA budget will be allocated for the implementation of the PhilSys.